10 Fashion Icons for Real Women


Katharine Hepburn

Keystone/Getty Images

Thank you, Katharine, for your closet. In it, you stocked a feminine take on men's trousers, loose-fitting button down shirts and loafer-style shoes. And while this may seem unremarkable now, years after you first hit the Hollywood screen in 1953, at the time it was nothing short of extraordinary.

Hepburn's menswear-inspired wardrobe provided stark relief at a time when the fashion industry was on a Marilyn Monroe-high, bursting at the seams with curves and kittenish appeal. Her stylish departure signaled a change for women everywhere, who no sooner noticed her style than took to replicating it on their own. Ms. Hepburn may have done more for women's comfort than anyone else since. Again, we say thank you.

Related Articles


  • Barnett, Leisa. "Madonna's Style Revolution." Vogue. Aug. 13, 2008. (April 22, 2011) http://www.vogue.co.uk/celebrity-photos/080813-madonnas-style-evolution.aspx
  • Boland, Deborah. "Diane Von Furstenberg's Wrap." Fabulous After 40. March 31, 2007. (April 22, 2011) http://www.fabulousafter40.com/diane-von-furstenbergs-wrap-dress-returns/
  • Branch, Shelly. "Fashion Campaign." The Wall Street Journal. June 21, 2008. (April 22, 2011) http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB121400121295793087.html?mod=blog
  • Craven, Jo. "Vivienne Westwood." Vogue. April 22, 2008. (April 22, 2011) http://www.vogue.co.uk/biographies/080422-vivienne-westwood-biography.aspx
  • Fritz, Maura. "A Short History of the Little Black Dress." Real Simple. (April 22, 2011) http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/clothing/dresses-skirts/little-black-dress-00000000046948/index.html
  • Glentzer, Molly. "Uncommon Style Fit for a Royal." Houston Chronicle. (April 22, 2011)http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/main/7532372.html
  • Handbag. "Celebrity Fashion Icon: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis." April 17, 2009. (April 22, 2011)http://www.handbag.com/fashion/celebrity/icon/celebrity-fashion-icon-jacqueline-kennedy-onassis-98143
  • Hashish, Amira. "Introducing the New Janice Dickinson: What America's Next Top Model Did Next." London Evening Standard. March 1, 2011. (April 22, 2011)http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/starinterviews/article-23927556-introducing-the-new-janice-dickinson-what-americas-top-model-did-next.do
  • History. "Roman Holiday Opens, Featuring Hepburn's First Starring Role." (April 22, 2011)http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/roman-holiday-opens-featuring-hepburns-first-starring-role
  • Horyn, Cathy. "Behind the First Lady, a Shadow Stylist." The New York Times. Feb. 11, 2009. (April 22, 2011) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/fashion/12IKRAM.html?ref=fashion
  • Huguenin, Patrick. "The Bra Turns 100 Years Old -- With No Signs of Sagging." New York Daily News. Sept. 27, 2007. (April 22, 2011)http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/2007/09/27/2007-09-27_the_bra_turns_100_years_old__with_no_sig.html
  • In Style. "Transformation: Queen Latifah." (April 22, 2011) http://www.instyle.com/instyle/package/transformations/photos/0,,20290122_1049416,00.html
  • Levine, Joshua. "Brand Anna." The Wall Street Journal. March 24, 2011. (April 22, 2011) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704893604576200722939264658.html
  • Messiah, Lauren. "Style Icon: Katharine Hepburn." Style List. Jan. 14, 2008. (April 22, 2011) http://www.stylelist.com/2008/01/14/style-icon-katharine-hepburn/
  • National Geographic. "Secret History of the Bra." (April 22, 2011)http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/man-made/3072/Overview#tab-facts
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel (1883-1971) and the House of Chanel." (April 22, 2011)http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/chnl/hd_chnl.htm
  • Saric, Milana. "Get the Look: Sarah Jessica Parker." Fashion Style Advice. March 11, 2010. (April 22, 2011)http://fashionstyleadvice.com/get-the-look-sarah-jesicca-parker/
  • Saric, Milana. "Why People Love Jennifer Aniston's Style." Fashion Style Advice. Oct. 21, 2009. (April 22, 2011). http://fashionstyleadvice.com/why-people-love-jennifer-anistons-style/
  • Sischy, Ingrid. "Coco Chanel." Time magazine. June 8, 1998. (April 22, 2011) http://www.time.com/time/time100/artists/profile/chanel.html
  • The New York Times. "Michelle Obama's Fashions." (April 22, 2011)http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/o/michelle_obama/fashion/index.html
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Wrap Dress (1975-76)" (April 22, 2011)http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1997.487
  • Vivienne Westwood. "The Story." (April 22, 2011)http://www.viviennewestwood.co.uk/w/the-story/kings-road


How Shapewear Works

How Shapewear Works

Squeezing into a tight pair of Spanx can make you look better, if not feel better. Learn about shapewear by reading this article at HowStuffWorks.